College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Criminal Justice Program

About

The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice will provide students with knowledge of the nature and causes of crime, criminal justice processes, security and law enforcement. Students will be introduced to social scientific methods and technologies and theoretical models needed for analysis and critique of the criminal justice system.

The Certificate in Forensic Science – Crime Scene Investigation program concentrates on crime scene investigation as distinguished from forensic science laboratory analysis. The crime scene investigator is oriented to field operations and the collection of evidence for laboratory evaluation. The professional practice of crime scene investigation requires an understanding of professional ethics, competency in safety protocols and laboratory procedures, knowledge of criminal law and the legal process, effective written and verbal communication skills and competency in the collection and preservation of evidence.

The Certificate in Forensic Science – Crime Scene Investigation program is structured as a concentration within the Criminal Justice program in the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice. The Certificate in Forensic Science – Crime Scene Investigation program adheres to the directives and recommendations of the National Academy of Sciences report, Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States: A Path Forward (2009) and the National Institute of Justice’s 2004 report, Education and Training in Forensic Science: A Guide for Forensic Science Laboratories, Educational Institutions and Students. The certificate can be earned as a concentration with the Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice or it can be earned separately without the completion of the requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree.

Major & Minor Requirements

Completion of a minimum of 124-127 semester hours of University courses. Included in the 124-127 hours are POLI 200, POLI 210, 36 hours of criminal justice courses and 12 hours in a cognate area. Criminal Justice majors are required to successfully complete an internship requirement in their senior year. A minimum grade of “C” must be attained in the major and required POLI courses.

Students desiring to minor in criminal justice must complete 18 semester hours in criminal justice, including CRJS 200, CRJS 310, CRJS 320 and CRJS 330. A student must have completed a minimum of 24 hours of academic credits before declaring a minor, must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 and may not have more than two minors.

Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice with Certificate in Forensic Science – Crime Scene Investigation 

Completion of a minimum of 124-126 semester hours of university courses. Included in the 124-127 hours are POLI 200, POLI 210, 18 hours of criminal justice courses and 24 hours in forensic science curriculum. Criminal Justice majors are required to successfully complete internship requirements their senior year. A minimum grade of “C” must be attained in the major and required core courses.

Students cannot minor in the certificate program.

Certificate in Forensic Science – Crime Scene Investigation 

Completion of a minimum of 47 semester hours of courses in the forensic science curriculum. A minimum grade of “C” must be attained in the major and required core courses.

Required Major Courses for Criminal Justice

CRJS 200

CRJS 330

CRJS 500

CRJS 310

CRJS 430

CRJS 505 Capstone

CRJS 320

CRJS 440

 

Student Organizations

Alpha Phi Sigma- Criminal Justice Honor Society
Alpha Phi Sigma is the only Criminal Justice Honor Society which is a certified member of The Association of College Honor Societies and affiliated with The Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.

Judge E.A. Ralston Criminal Justice Society
This is an organization in support of students and professionals involved in the field of criminal justice.

The Mock Trial Team

Career Development

Faculty & Staff

George R. Johnson, Jr.
Department Chair

Keith Coleman
Associate Chair and Instructor